Sites with Online Resources
Explore heritage sites around Essex County with online resources you can engage with from home.
Check out this important resource for primary sources and teaching resources in Essex County: Using Essex History
Amesbury Carriage Museum - The Amesbury Carriage Museum is a small organization that champions the history of Amesbury industry and people.
- "Researching People and Place" online resources
- Amesbury in the Library of Congress Digital Collections - You can search - Amesbury, Essex County, Mass - or dive into the catalog by subjects. The Historic American Building Survey includes material about Lowells Boat Shop, the Powow River Bridge, and others. Two favorite sources are the 1890 Bird's Eye View of Amesbury, and the 1914 Amesbury Aero-view.
- Amesbury in the Digital Commonwealth - Photographs from the 2018 Mass Memories Road Show and the 1880 Birds Eye View of Amesbury can be found in this collection.
- Amesbury in MACRIS - this is a database of historic resources surveyed by the historical commission throughout Massachusetts. While it is not comprehensive - it is impressive how many buildings and other features in Amesbury can be found here.
Lowell's Boat Shop - Established in 1793, Lowell's Boat Shop is the oldest operating boat shop in America.
Whittier House and Museum - A National Historic Landmark and tribute to the Quaker poet and the anti-slavery champion who made outstanding contributions to the life and literature of this country.
Andover Center for History and Culture - The Andover Center for History & Culture gathers and shares Andover’s stories to deepen connections between people and their community.
Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy
Robert S. Peabody Institute of Archaeology - Today’s Peabody Institute employs collaborative learning to actively engage students, teachers, scientists, and Native Americans with the institute’s significant archaeology and anthropology collections, while also encouraging and enlivening cultural discourse on race and gender.
- The Addison Gallery’s collection of American art is one of the most comprehensive in the world, including more than 23,000 objects spanning the 18th century to the present.
Historic Beverly - Sharing Beverly history with everyone through collections that encompass three houses, five centuries, and thousands of stories.
Boxford Historical Society - The Boxford Historical Society strives to preserve the history of our town by connecting it to present day.
Danvers Historical Society - To educate present and future generations of the public about the history and development of that geographical area encompassing the original Salem Village and the Town of Danvers, Massachusetts.
Rebecca Nurse Homestead - The Rebecca Nurse Homestead sits on 25+ acres of an original 300 acres occupied by Rebecca Nurse and her family from 1678-1798. The property holds the traditional saltbox home lived in by the Nurse family. This is the only home of a person executed during the trials open to the public.
Danvers Archival Center at the Peabody Institute Library - The Danvers Archival Center is a department of the Peabody Institute Library of Danvers, Massachusetts.
Essex Shipbuilding Museum - The Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum provides a center for education, preservation, and study of traditional wooden shipbuilding and the community that supported it for more than 350 years.
Cogswell's Grant (Historic New England) - A must-see for lovers of American folk art, Cogswell’s Grant was the summer home of renowned collectors Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little.
Georgetown Historical Society/Brockelbank Museum - Incorporated in 1962, the Georgetown Historical Society presents programs of general historical interest for its members and townspeople throughout the year.
Cape Ann Museum - Founded in 1873 as the Cape Ann Scientific and Literary Association, today the Museum is a vibrant cultural center that includes galleries, an auditorium, library/archives, a children's activity center, two sculpture gardens and three historic homes.
Hammond Castle - Sitting high on a bluff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the castle brings together a unique combination of art, architectural elements and culture, backstopped by many innovative technological applications, yet unknown and unseen by the visitor.
Maritime Gloucester - To inspire students and visitors to value marine science, maritime heritage and environmental stewardship through hands-on education and experiences.
Groveland Historical Society - Maintains a museum that collects and archives information and artifacts to share with the community through its museum displays and educational programs.
Asbury Grove Historical Society - Supports Asbury Grove through education, highlighting the conservation of our architectural heritage, preservation of our archives, fundraising activities, and encouraging community participation in sharing this ongoing story.
Patton Homestead and Family Archives - the former home of two famous American generals – General George S. Patton Jr. and his son Major General George S. Patton IV.
Buttonwoods Museum - to collect and preserve history, and to educate the community about Greater Haverhill's past and culture.
Whittier Birthplace - The Whittier Birthplace, located on its original site, is an outstanding example of an old New England farm. It is substantially the same as when the Poet lived there from 1807 to 1836.
Ipswich Museum - To preserve Ipswich’s social, cultural, and architectural history – with the goal of making these treasures more accessible, more relevant, and more connected to our day-to-day lives.
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate (The Trustees) - Experience the grandeur of a seaside estate and its marvelously landscaped grounds, notable for a broad, undulating lawn running down to the shore.
Wolf Hollow - Wolf Hollow, aka the North American Wolf Foundation, is a 501(c)3 non-profit wolf sanctuary and educational facility where visitors are given a unique opportunity to meet the resident gray wolves.
Lawrence Heritage State Park - The exhibits in the Visitors Center, a restored 1840s boarding house, tell the stories of Lawrence's mill workers, including their role in the 1912 Bread and Roses Strike.
Lawrence History Center - Founded in 1978 as the Immigrant City Archives, collects, preserves, shares, and animates the history and heritage of Lawrence and its people.
Lynn Museum/Lynn Arts - Founded in 1897 to collect, preserve and illuminate the city’s remarkable history. The museum has evolved into a vibrant cultural center, expanding its footprint to include the LynnArts building.
Lynnfield Historical Society - To preserve and maintain the Old Meeting House built in 1714, and collect and record the history and progress of the town of Lynnfield
Manchester Historical Museum - founded in 1886 to serve the entire community through the preservation of irreplaceable town records and artifacts, its research capability and commitment to education.
Marblehead Museum - The Museum’s three properties and its preeminent collection serve as the catalysts for programming that connects individuals to the past and present, broadening their perspectives and understanding of Marblehead and the wider world.
Merrimac Public Library - The Merrimac Public Library is a member of the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium (MVLC), an alliance of over 35 public libraries serving the Greater Merrimack Valley region of Massachusetts.
Methuen Historical Society - Committed to protecting and maintaining the rich historical character of Methuen.
Flint Public Library - To inform, enrich, and empower every person in the community by creating and promoting easy access to a vast array of ideas and information, and by supporting an informed citizenry, lifelong learning and love of reading.
Nahant Historical Society - The mission of the Nahant Historical Society is to acquire, preserve, and interpret artifacts of Nahant, Massachusetts.
Swett-Ilsley House (Historic New England) - First property acquired by Historic New England. The original portion, built in 1670 by Stephen Swett, was one room deep, and later additions more than doubled the size of the house.
Dole-Little House (Historic New England) - Dole-Little House was built c. 1715 with materials salvaged from an earlier structure. Its first owner was Richard Dole, a cattleman, who built a two-room, central-chimney house with a small kitchen shed at the rear.
Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm (Historic New England) - The 230-acre site includes a 1690 manor house that served as the country seat of wealthy Newburyport merchants and an attached farmhouse that was home to a Lithuanian family.
Coffin House (Historic New England) - Coffin House, occupied by the Coffin family over three centuries, reveals insights into domestic life in rural New England.
Sons and Daughters of the First Settlers of Newbury - Founded in 1927 by Anne Colman Moody, The Sons and Daughters of the First Settlers of Newbury is a genealogical society intent on the preservation of the history of Old Newbury
Museum of Old Newbury
Custom House Maritime Museum - Designed by Robert Mills, architect of the Washington Monument and U.S. Treasury Building, the Custom House was built in 1835 to facilitate growing overseas trade and tax collection of imported goods on the waterfront.
- Originally founded as the “Antiquarian and Historical Society of Old Newbury” in 1877, today the museum includes three historic buildings, a restored 19th century garden, and a robust collection of local documents, photographs, and artifacts ranging from furniture to paintings to clothing.
Peabody Historical Society
North Andover Historical Society - Seek, Save, Share North Andover History
- Preserving Peabody's history
George Peabody House/Peabody Leather Museum
- Birthplace of America's great philanthropist
Sandy Bay Historical Society
- The community mission of Sandy Bay Historical Society is to collect, display, preserve and share the local history of Rockport, Mass.
Rowley Historical Society
- The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) is the Museum’s research library. It includes several hundred thousand printed volumes, a linear mile of manuscript collections, as well as thousands of logbooks, account books, diaries, printed ephemera, maps, photo albums and photographs.
The House of the Seven Gables
- Philcat - library's online catalog
- Internet Archive - 175 books, highlights include the American Neptune and Art Work of Essex County
- Digital Commonwealth - Frank Cousins and Herman Parker glass plate negatives
- Digital Collections - Witchcraft Papers, Ocean Liner Ephemera, and Salem Fire images
- Finding Aids for archival collections
- Adam Matthew Digital Products - open access through June 30; please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the login/password.
- Designated a National Historic Landmark District in 2007, The House of the Seven Gables is best known today as the setting of world-renowned American author Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1851 novel.
Salem Maritime National Historic Site
- America's first National Historic Site.
Peabody Essex Museum
- The mission of the Peabody Essex Museum is to celebrate outstanding artistic and cultural creativity by collecting, stewarding and interpreting objects of art and culture in ways that increase knowledge, enrich the spirit, engage the mind and stimulate the senses.
History Alive, Inc.
- Bringing the history of Salem, MA alive
Phillips House (Historic New England)
- Built in 1821 by Captain Nathaniel West, the Phillips House is a Federal-style mansion on Chestnut Street in Salem.
- The Witch House was the home of Judge Jonathan Corwin (1640–1718) and is the only structure still standing in Salem with direct ties to the Salem witch trials of 1692.
- The Pickering House is not only Salem’s oldest House, but also America’s oldest Home: home to a single family for over three and a half centuries.
Historic Salem, Inc.
- Historic Salem’s mission is to ensure that the historic resources of Salem, Massachusetts, are preserved for future generations and that new development complements the historic character of the city.
Salem Historical Society
- The Salem Historical Society is an independent organization dedicated to the study, promotion, and preservation of Salem's history for the benefit of the community and its visitors.
- Hamilton Hall was designed in 1805 by Samuel McIntire and has been a vibrant part of the community for over two hundred years.
Salem State University Archives and Special Collections
- The Archives and Special Collections Department of the Frederick E. Berry Library serves as a resource for the University and the public by collecting and making available historic materials on a variety of subjects.
Salisbury Historical Society
Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site
- Birthplace of the American iron and steel industry.
Saugus Historical Society
- Begun in 1928, the purpose of the Saugus Historical Society is to cultivate an interest in the history of the town and collect and preserve all matter pertaining to the town's history and citizenry.
Boardman House (Historic New England)
- Built in 1692 for the family of William Boardman, a joiner, Boardman House survives remarkably intact from its original construction.
Swampscott Historical Society
- The Swampscott Historical Society preserves the Sir John Humphrey House, shares local history and maintains an archive of local photo's, artifacts, etc.
Topsfield Historical Society
- The Topsfield Historical Society is dedicated to the study and preservation of the history of Topsfield Massachusetts.
Topsfield Town Library
- The Topsfield Town Library can trace its origins to the first library that the Topsfield Library Society founded in 1794.
- The mission of the Wenham Museum is to protect, preserve and interpret the artifacts of childhood, domestic life, and the history and culture of Boston’s North Shore.
Save America's Clocks
- Historic clocks in Massachusetts
Essex County Greenbelt Association
- Story Maps
ADDITIONAL EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS
United States Lighthouse Society - Lesson plans, Slideshows, kids activities
- Kid friendly!